Posted in Sydney sparks

Foggy Sydney

Today is a super foggy day in Sydney. As in a crazy pea-soup, cancel-the-ferries, can’t-see-more-than-100m, where-has-the-city-gone kinda foggy day. Normally, the fog rolls away pretty early on (where to? I don’t know), but it’s only just starting to lighten up now and it’s after 10am as I write this. I went for a walk around to Mosman Bay this morning and it was actually a bit spooky, a little bit Jane Austen-ish with all the mist swirling around. Sharing photos of fog is kind of like talking about last night’s amazing dreams – it means a lot less to you if you weren’t actually there. So, I’ve limited my snaps from this morning…

Normally a great spot to sit and admire the city. Not today though.
Normally a great spot to sit and admire the city. Not today though.
Woooooooo (that's a scary ghost noise)...
Woooooooo (that’s a scary ghost noise)…
Ghostly boats in Mosman Bay...
Ghostly (and sometimes ghastly) boats in Mosman Bay…
A foggy bay on a foggy day.
A foggy bay on a foggy day.
Starting to clear as I walked home - can just see the Manly Ferry, back in action.
Starting to clear – can just see the Manly Ferry, back in action.
Posted in Travel sparks

Newcastle, you beauty

This week, I am up in beautiful Newcastle (on the coast, about two hours north of Sydney) doing some work. And although my focus is on work, I wasn’t going to miss the chance to go for a walk this morning – and I happened to catch an amazing sunrise on my way out, then a kinda creepy thick fog rolled in and shrouded my walk back to the hotel. Throw in a gorgeous beach, break wall, busy shipping port, fisherman and lots of hungry pelicans and it was a pretty awesome walk all round. Here are some pics…

Oh, I almost forgot. My day really started at 3.30am, with a crazy loud alarm, followed by two bright fire trucks and evacuated people in their PJs (from the apartment block across the street from the hotel - all ended up ok.)
Oh, I almost forgot. My day really started at 3.30am, with a crazy loud alarm, followed by two bright fire trucks and evacuated people in their PJs (from the apartment block across the street from the hotel – all ended up ok.)
Nice start to the day for walkers and runners.
Nice start to the day for walkers and runners.
So pretty.
Nice view, seagull.
Nice view, fisherman.
Nice view, fisherman.
Nice view, giant ship.
Nice view, giant ship.
Awwwww.
Awwwww.
And the fog starts rolling in...
And the fog starts rolling in…
Hello? Anyone out there?
Creepy…
The break wall near Nobby's Beach.
The break wall near Nobby’s Beach.
Road to nowhere. (Not really, it leads back to the carpark, but felt very spooky this morning.)
Road to nowhere. (Not really, it leads back to the carpark, but felt very spooky this morning.)